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[zilch] /zɪltʃ/
noun, Slang.
zero; nothing:
The search came up with zilch.
1965-70, Americanism; perhaps continuous with earlier zilch snafu, Mr. Zilch a character in Ballyhoo, a humor magazine first published in 1931; for sense cf. zip3 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for zilch
  • Pot shot plays on the market mean zilch, thus, exclude them.
  • Great performance on a stage and strategic sweep, zilch execution.
  • Other than pin-awards for years or safe driving, zilch.
British Dictionary definitions for zilch


noun (slang)
(US & Canadian, sport) nil
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for zilch

"nothing," 1966, from earlier sense of "meaningless speech" (1960), originally Mr. Zilch (1931), comic character in the magazine "Ballyhoo." Perhaps from U.S. college slang (early 1900s) Joe Zilsch "an insignificant person." Probably a nonsense syllable, but Zilch is an actual German surname of Slavic origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for zilch

Z 1


Some sleep; a nap: If he wants a few zees we can go on automatic


To sleep; snooze; cop zs: Gotta Z a little while

[1960s+; fr the conventional sibilant or buzzing sound attributed to a sleeping or snoring person]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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